'''David Abelevich Kaufman''' () (2 January 1896 – 12 February 1954) — also known as '''Denis Kaufman''' or his pseudonym
'''Dziga Vertov''' () — was a Soviet Union|Soviet
pioneer documentary film
director, as well as a cinema theorist. His filming practices and theories influenced the cinéma vérité
style of documentary movie-making and the Dziga Vertov Group
, a radical film-making cooperative which was active in the 1960s.
In the 2012 ''Sight & Sound
'' poll, critics voted Vertov's ''Man with a Movie Camera
'' (1929) the 8th best film ever made.
Vertov's brothers Boris Kaufman
and Mikhail Kaufman
were also noted filmmakers, as was his wife, Elizaveta Svilova